Until recently, it would be more accurate to describe us as a nation of employees, choosing to work for others for a regular salary and an easier life. This, however, has started to change with the development of Enterprise programmess, business mentoring and access to start-up finance. Similar to Singapore, the UK is investing heavily in its people, supporting them in developing innovative and dynamic businesses that will be competitive in the 21st Century. An important development in the UK has been to bring Enterprise into schools. Helping students develop their entrepreneurial skills on business-related projects gives an insight into the business world and deals with some of the common issues they may face.
With this in mind, BVIS ran its first Enterprise Day for Year 7 and 8 students across a collapsed day on Wednesday. Students learnt how to make soap and then customize it with scents and added ingredients. They learnt about marketing and how emotive language can be used to inspire and persuade customers. They acted out excellent TV adverts to help sell their soap and finally spent a session designing labels and packaging to help differentiate their products.
The results were astounding: the level of teamwork, attention to detail and quality of the final products were a surprise to everyone. The students showed their hard work and creative flair with a number of excellent products and announcing the winners proved a difficult task as the quality was so high.
We finished with tired and happy students and staff and a real buzz of ideas for the future. Two students told me the next morning that they had gone home and tried again to perfect their recipes. Expect to see handmade Hanoian soap soon at a shop near you!
Mr Christopher Dale - Business Teacher